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  •  Next on my list is 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm a bit curious about In Cold Blood, which invented a new genre of sorts, in detailed realistic portraits of psychopaths.

    I wonder if writing that tome killed some warm part of Capote's heart, which left him less hungry to write after that.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 10:13:45 AM PDT

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    •  breakfast at tiffanys is good. (5+ / 0-)

      in cold blood is very good.  it reads like a novel, but is supposedly a true, as in non-fiction, account of a gruesome home invasion / murder.

      in night music for chameleons he includes a shorter, and imo even better, example of this sort of true crime novelization, about a killer who sends his intended victims tiny carved coffins and kills them in strange ways.

      i think alcohol and fame left him too satiated to work hard at his writing.

      Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

      by No Exit on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 01:16:48 PM PDT

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      •  his appetites for alcohol, drugs & fame did devour (2+ / 0-)
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        a lot of his energy.

        And In Cold Blood also left a sliver of ice in his heart. From Truman Capote, on Biography.com:

        Writing this non-fiction masterwork took a lot out of Capote. For years, he labored on it and still had to wait for the story to find its ending in the legal system. Hickock and Smith were finally executed on April 14, 1965, at the Kansas State Penitentiary. At their request, Capote traveled to Kansas to witness their deaths. He refused to see them the day before, but he visited with both Hickock and Smith shortly before their hangings.

        In Cold Blood became a huge hit, both critically and commercially. Capote used a number of techniques usually found in fiction to bring this true story to life for his readers. It was first serialized in The New Yorker in four issues with readers anxiously awaiting each gripping installment. When it was published as a book, In Cold Blood was an instant best-seller.

        While In Cold Blood brought him acclaim and wealth, Capote was never the same after the project.

        It's a brutal education, diving into the depths of human darkness. It'll break something, in a soul as sensitive as Capote's.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 05:07:09 PM PDT

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        •  Sorry, next paragraph of quote finishes my thought (2+ / 0-)
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          Digging into such dark territory had taken a toll on him psychologically and physically. Known to drink, Capote began drinking more and started taking tranquilizers to soothe his frayed nerves. His substance abuse problems escalated over the coming years.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 05:31:38 PM PDT

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          •  i'm not sure that his dive into the depths (2+ / 0-)
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            of man's inhumanity to man drove him to drink and parties...

            i believe he would have dissipated himself to some degree with drinks and parties regardless of his literary endeavors.  it was the life he wanted to leave.

            gore could be quite bitchy in skewering what he portrayed as capote's mania for social climbing and attention.

            Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

            by No Exit on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:11:32 AM PDT

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            •  lead. not leave... :( (1+ / 0-)
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              Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

              by No Exit on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:12:11 AM PDT

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